New Pixel hardware and Android updates
New Hardware: There is a whole Pixel
ecosystem, with the new Pixel 6a available in July, Pixel 7 available in the fall, a Pixel Watch, also available this fall, new Pixel Buds and an Android tablet that will be available in 2023. Learn more
What’s the big deal? The Pixel 6a, 7 and tablet will be run on Google Tensor, Google’s “custom-designed mobile system on a chip.”
The Pixel Watch
will run on Wear OS and integrate Fitbit’s tools. Learn more
Google is designing for a “multi-device world
” with new Android features that let you copy on one device and paste on another (for example from your phone to your tablet), built in Chromecast on more devices, fast pairing on more devices. Learn more.
Explore the world
Google is developing Augmented Reality glasses that display live translation or live captions
, which “makes language visible.” It’s very cool technology, but probably won’t be available any time soon. Watch the video.
added 24 new languages, including several indiginous languages of the Americas. This brings the total to 133 languages available to translate. Learn more.
is getting a new immersive view
, starting with Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. This will let you explore the city, even if you don’t have the latest greatest mobile device.
Google will be expanding multisearch
so that you will be able to take a photo or screenshot and then add “near me” to the search to get local results. The example used was a photo of a dish, then using that to search for restaurants that serve it, all without even knowing what the dish is called. Learn more
is a tool that will be available in the “future” that will let you pan your camera around to get information on multiple objects. Imagine being in a grocery store, and panning the shelf with wines to see an AR-like overlay of ratings and the ability to highlight items that match selected criteria. Learn more
Everyone’s Skin Tones
Google worked with Harvard Professor Ellis Monk to develop the Monk Skin Tone Scale.
That helps AI to “see” everyone, no matter their skin tone. This is open sourced for the Machine Learning community. You can learn more at skintone.google
This is being used to improve Google Search
results. For example if you search for “bridal makeup
”, there is an option to filter by skin tone in the image search results.
This is also used in the new Google Photos “Real Tone” filters
. Those help improve photos with people no matter their skin tone. They will be available in Google Photos on the web, Android and iOS in “the coming weeks”. Learn more.
Play with AI
AI Test Kitchen
) is an app where people will be able to play with various AI demos and give feedback. This is being made available gradually, so you may need to check back on the site to get access.
Google Meet meetings look and sound better
Coolest announced feature: Live Sharing
. This will let meeting participants share controls and interact directly with third party sites like YouTube. Examples include using playlists, managing video playback, playing games and more. Learn more.
uses AI to improve video quality, helping fix issues with low light, low quality webcams or poor connectivity. Meet does the processing “in the cloud” so it works even on lower performance devices. Learn more.
simulates “studio-quality lighting”, with the option to adjust the angle and brightness of the (virtual) light source. Learn more.
improves audio quality by filtering out echoes. No one will know you are in the meeting alone in a big conference room. Learn more.
of Meet meetings will be launched later this year. Learn more.
Get more out of Spaces
Google Chat Spaces will be getting automated summaries, so you can get a digest of conversations you missed.
Tools for Web Developers
There were a number of Google I/O sessions aimed at web developers
including using Core Web Vitals and understanding other performance metrics, progress phasing out third-party cookies, and new web platform features.
Smart Home Devices Getting Smarter
Matter is coming to Google Nest devices and Android
. This is a new industry standard for interoperability of smart home devices, developed by an alliance
that includes Google, Apple, Amazon, and hundreds of smart device companies. This should mean easier setup of devices, especially if your home has a mix of Google Nest, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and other devices.
Google also has a new smart home hub
with links to compatible hardware.
Security and Privacy
will be getting end-to-end encryption for group conversations later this year. There will be an open beta. Sign up to tes
t the Android Messages app. Learn more
Google has expanded their policies to allow Search content removal requests
for more types of results with personal information, including your physical address, email address or your phone number. Along with that, they are rolling out a new tool
to make removal requests easier.
My Ad Center
will be a new hub for you to control the ads you see on Google. If you have personalized ads enabled, you will be able to let Google know what categories and brand you want to see fewer (or more) ads from. Note that you can do some of this today in a much more limited way at adssettings.google.com
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
will be getting new phishing and malware protection later this year. If you open a document with malicious links, you will see an alert and be directed off that page. Learn more.
And Google is continuing to auto-enroll accounts into 2-step verification
and take other steps to protect accounts from phishing attacks. Learn more.